What is Subutex used for? It’s used as a way to help people who are not just psychologically addicted to opioids, but who are physically dependent on them. When you’re dependent on opioids, and you don’t take them, your brain and ultimately your body go into a type of shock. Using Subutex can help prevent this from happening, so as you attempt to stop using opioids you can focus on treatment and recovery, rather than struggling to make it through detox and withdrawal from the drugs. Subutex uses are supposed to be limited to helping people be safe and comfortable during detox. Subutex uses also include helping addicts reduce or eliminate their cravings for opioids, and minimizing the chances of relapse. There’s another similar drug with the active ingredient buprenorphine which is called Suboxone. The primary difference between Subutex and Suboxone is the fact that Suboxone also contains something called naloxone. This drug makes it so that if someone attempts to misuse Suboxone in order to get high, they will go into immediate opioid withdrawal. While theoretically someone could try to use Subutex to get high, it’s not extremely likely. The drug can be crushed or dissolved to be administered in ways other than what it’s intended for, but it still wouldn’t produce much of a high. Also, Subutex has a ceiling effect. This means that if someone takes more than around 30 mg or so, they’re not going to get any additional effects from it.